How to Adopt a Dog or Puppy from Out of State
By Kathryn M. D’Imperio
If you are looking to adopt a dog or puppy from out of state, there are a few special steps you should know about before you make the commitment. Adopting a dog, while noble and wonderful, isn’t without its own challenges – especially when you find your perfect dog in another state or faraway location. Be sure to do your research and learn about what’s involved when you adopt a pet dog from afar.
Consider these tips to help you when you want to adopt a dog or puppy from out of state.
1. Use a service like PetFinder.com to help you find a dog to adopt. You can search by dog breed, gender, age, and location.
2. Find out if the shelter with the dog you like adopts out of state. Before you get your heart set on the pup, it is a good idea to make sure you are eligible to complete the adoption. Some shelters only adopt out pets locally.
3. Decide if you will be meeting your pet for pickup or having your dog shipped to you. You can make it a road trip, take a flight, or simply have your dog flown as cargo. Make the appropriate plans based on your decision.
4. If you are having your dog flown to you, you may need to make arrangements with the shelter first. Be sure the vet has cleared your dog or puppy to fly. Also, you may need to purchase a pet carrier if one is not included with your adoption fee.
5. Complete and return any paperwork and pay the shelter their adoption fee. Your new pup should be in your arms very soon at this point!
6. Pick up your pet at the airport, shelter, or other pickup location. Adopting a dog from out of state can be relatively easy as long as you cover all your bases!
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